Movers & Shakers: Microsoft MVP award for Richard Astbury of two10 degrees

Richard Astbury, senior consultant at two10 degrees

Richard Astbury, senior consultant at two10 degrees - Credit: Archant

RICHARD Astbury, senior Azure consultant for two10 degrees, based in Ipswich has received a 2012 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for his outstanding contributions in the Microsoft Windows Azure technical community during the past year.

Every year Microsoft grants MVP status to selected people who voluntarily share their real-world expertise in offline and online technical communities. Richard is one of only a handful of people to receive this recognition in the UK.

“I’m delighted to receive this award and for two10 degrees to be recognised for its world leading work and expertise in Cloud Computing and Windows Azure,” said Richard.

Astbury’s blog can be accessed freely and offers much helpful content to developers worldwide. He maintains a number of open source projects and is a regular presenter at technical conferences across Europe.

The core spirit of the MVP program is that of sharing freely, giving back to the community, and helping others. Richard has been involved with the Microsoft Windows Azure platform since it became commercial available, working directly with Microsoft and many of their key global customers.

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“I am very proud of Richard’s achievement and congratulate him warmly on this fantastic award,” said Jeremy Barnes, client service director at Two10 Degrees. “His hard work and dedication over the past year has rightly been recognised by the Microsoft community. The Two10 Degrees team is now recognised as one of the strongest in the world with an incredible three Windows Azure MVPs working as part of our team.”

To receive MVP Award status, Richard was nominated by technical community members, current MVPs, and Microsoft personnel. A panel that includes MVP team members and representatives from Microsoft’s product group teams based in Seattle, USA, evaluated Richard’s technical expertise and voluntary community contributions in the past year and considered the quality, quantity, and level of impact of his contributions. “At Microsoft, we believe that technical and community leaders help to improve peoples’ daily lives and interactions with technology, driving the success of Microsoft and this industry as a whole,” said Toby Richards, general manager of Community and Online Support for Microsoft. “Microsoft greatly appreciates its MVPs and the critical feedback they provide to benefit our company and the greater technical community.”

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